They keep coming. Shipwrecks between Libya and Italy since Wednesday have killed as many as 700 migrants, the U.N. refugee agency reported. It started with an overloaded boat that began rocking as passengers moved to one side after seeing a rescue vessel, then capsized, leaving 100 missing. On Thursday, an estimated 550 disappeared after their boat flipped, and an unknown number are reportedly missing from a Friday sinking. Save the Children says some 13,000 attempted the crossing last week, and Italy is struggling to accommodate those who survive.
The Presidential Daily Brief
The Donald’s no friend of the court. As demonstrators clashed outside his San Diego rally Friday, he pled his case: Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who’s “we believe, Mexican,” should be “ashamed of himself” for being a “hater of Donald Trump.” The Chicago-born jurist presides over one of three federal fraud lawsuits against $500-a-day, now defunct Trump University. That day, citing public interest in the candidate, Curiel unsealed records the defense deems trade secrets. The more than 1,000 pages — requested by the Washington Post — become available Thursday, giving Trump time to explain their contents.
Is the amphora half full? The European Central Bank’s governing council is set to meet Thursday, reportedly to waive rules and accept Athens’ governmental IOUs as collateral. That would avail Greek banks of cheaper ECB financing, saving some $11 billion. Other recent debt-easing measures include releasing $11.5 billion in bailout funds, shaving interest rates and extending repayments. It’s not the partial debt cancellation the IMF has sought, and clearly not enough to keep Greek premier Alexis Tsipras from cozying up to Vladimir Putin during this weekend’s Athens visit to sign binational trade agreements.
He went where others haven’t dared. The U.S. president, after leaving the G7 summit during his Asian tour Friday, visited the American-bombed Japanese city — the first commander in chief to do so. He didn’t apologize for the world’s first atomic attack, but emotionally embraced a survivor and noted that his visit was a chance to reaffirm America’s commitment to pursuing world peace — and a future free from nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, G7 leaders issued a warning that a Brexit would pose a “serious risk” to the global economy.
Her virtues could lead to vice … presidency. The liberal Massachusetts senator, who pointedly hasn’t endorsed a candidate yet, has been thrust into the spotlight this week as she traded barbs with Donald Trump, calling him a “small, insecure, money grubber.” Some worry that while Hillary Clinton seems poised to win the nomination, she may have alienated Bernie Sanders’ faithful to the point of damaging her chances in November. But a Clinton-Warren collaboration could motivate Sanders’ supporters with Warren’s bank-busting bonafides — and field the party’s first all-female ticket.
Not even one. Taking over for suspended — female — President Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer did not seat a single woman or minority among his cabinet ministers. His reshuffle axed four women, including the only Afro-Brazilian. One female judge reportedly declined a post, leaving Temer with the country’s first all-male cabinet since 1979. While female appointments are promised, Temer may wish he had a woman now to deal with outrage over a video of a teenage girl who says she was drugged and gang-raped in Rio.
French and German Leaders Mark Centenary of WWI’s Longest Battle, Cincinnati Mourns Gorilla Killed to Save Child
Merkel, Hollande Join to Remember 300,000 Fallen at Verdun Battlefield. (DW)
Cincinnati mourns endangered gorilla killed to save 4-year-old. (USA Today)
NBA guard Bryce Dejean-Jones fatally shot breaking into Dallas apartment. (KABC)
Chinese firm apologizes for ad showing Black man ‘cleaned’ into Asian man. (BBC)
Rookie Alexander Rossi wins 100th Indy 500 trophy coasting on fumes. (AP)
Warriors’ Thompson dazzles vs. Oklahoma to force semifinal Game 7. (ESPN)
The first generation of openly homosexual men and women are hitting their golden years. But they’re much less likely than their heterosexual counterparts to have had children and some have severed family ties, leaving them little built-in support. Living in traditional elderly care homes is tricky, owing to costs and social discrimination: There’s even pressure to return to the closet. But the conundrum has kick-started a new kind of housing boom: LGBT-friendly senior homes, which are now on the rise from California to South Carolina.
It’s the rise of the tilling machines. Artificial intelligence is sprouting rapidly in agriculture, as Earth’s soaring population and temperatures strain the food supply. An app can recognize crop diseases, a robotic tractor can spot weeds and precisely apply herbicides in lettuce fields, and satellites can monitor rural agriculture in developing nations to make sure resources go where they’re most needed. When seasons play tricks on farmers because of a changing climate, and precise crop management can mean feast or famine, this robotic revolution may be something we can’t live without.
They’re not just howling at the moon. Researcher Holly Root-Gutteridge and a group of scientists have created the world’s most comprehensive collection of canine vocalization recordings, culling sounds from the wild, zoos and even YouTube dog videos. The result? They still don’t know the meanings of wolves’ howls, but different breeds have “cultural” characteristics across continents and, like musicians, some are influenced by the sounds of others. Their research may help illuminate what some call the “hardest question in science” — the origin of human language.
If they keep suing, levee’s gonna break. Sampling elements from others’ music is a staple of hip-hop and other genres. But experts say U.S. copyright law can’t reconcile the needs of borrowers and original creators, leaving popular riffs like the opening of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” off-limits to creative mashup artists. Now there’s a movement toward an automatic licensing system to allow easy sampling for a small percentage of future royalties … but it’ll have to overcome some powerful lobbying from musicians first.
She’s vaulting past the competition. Heading into August’s Summer Games in Rio, 19-year-old Texan Simone Biles is easily the world’s finest gymnast, nailing a record three straight World Championships. Biles — whom OZY first told you about in 2014 — has an easygoing style and is one of the sport’s few Black competitors. She’s taking advantage of a new scoring system that goes beyond the “perfect 10” to award extra points for difficulty, adding to the excitement and tears that make gymnastics one of the most-watched Olympic contests.